Life Science Advanced & Cambridge

Mrs. Jensen

Welcome to Liberty Middle School, sixth grade, and to my class! I look forward to working with your child and you throughout this sure-to-be-exhilarating school year!

Course Description

This course will provide many opportunities for the study of general concepts, exploratory experiences, applications and activities relating to the life sciences. The content will include, but is not limited to: the nature of science; cell biology and the chemical basis of life; plants, animals, and microorganisms; general organization of the living world; genetics, heredity, and diversity; systems of the human body; human sexuality education; ecology and human impact; biological change through time and careers and technology in the life sciences. For a complete list of standards for Advanced Life Science you can visit the Florida Sunshine State Standards website: www.fldoe.org/bii/curriculum/sss/


This course includes laboratory investigations of life science concepts, which incorporate the use of measurement, laboratory equipment, safety procedures, experimental procedures, field work, problem solving, and the design process (e.g., planning, designing, recording and communicating). Some projects that will be assigned may require additional time outside of regular class time in order to be completed.

Expectations

The academic pace and rigor of this course is greatly increased from a regular science course. I set my expectations high for you, as I know you are capable of the best of the best in terms of academics. I also require that you cheer on your fellow classmates, especially as we explore the new digital curriculum idea. It is important that you not only help yourself with this class, but also help others.

Required Materials

Required Materials for this class:
  1. One 200 page Composition Notebook (for this class only)
  2. One package of Pencils
  3. At least 6 glue sticks per student (for this class only, we use them almost every day)
  4. $5.00 science enrichment donation for consumable lab supplies used throughout the school year


In addition our classroom stock of consumable materials and supplies needs replenishing. To reduce the burden on your finances I have assigned each of the following items to a class period. You only need to purchase the item for your child's class period to be donated to the classroom supplies. This will allow for all children to have access to all of these items throughout the school year.


Period 1: One (or more) roll(s) of paper towels *we do lots of labs*

Period 2: Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes

Period 3: Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes

Period 4: One pack of 10+ washable markers

Period 5: Clear scotch tape dispenser or tape refills

Period 7: One pack of 24+ colored pencils

Science Enrichment Donation

This year we are asking for a $5.00 enrichment donation per student. This donation will be used to purchase consumable lab materials that will be used throughout the school year to enhance learning through hands on activities, labs and inquiry based projects. If you are able to donate more please consider making a larger donation, as some families cannot afford to make donations. Without these funds your child's teacher will not be able to purchase consumable materials for all of the labs and activities that enhance the learning experience of your child.

Wish List

We will be doing many fun activities this year and I have come up with a wish list. This is NOT a supply list; just a few things that I think will greatly benefit our class and these items can be donated at any time during the school year.


  • Paper Towels
  • Copy Paper
  • Tissues
  • Hand soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • Ziplock bags (assorted sizes)
  • Envelopes
  • Old newspapers
  • Old children friendly magazines
  • Colored construction paper
  • Arts and Crafts supplies (pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, ribbon, yarn, string...)
  • Clear plastic 2 liter soda bottles (for an end of the year project)
  • Small pet (rat, bearded dragon) and aquarium supplies (food, toys, bedding, filters, etc.)
  • Anything else, just ask, you never know!

What You'll Need to Know

Electronic Devices

This class will follow the guidelines set by Liberty Middle School. This means that as your teacher I retain the right to obtain your electronic device at any time with our without provocation and especially if you are not using the device properly.

Personal Cell phones should be off and out of sight during the school day.

Academic Conduct Policy

Academic dishonesty of any form will not be tolerated. You will be expected to give credit for the intellectual property of others. Cheating on an assignment, test, or quiz will result in an automatic zero and a phone call home. Talking during a test or quiz is considered cheating.

Food & Drinks

Since this is a science classroom food and drinks are not permitted. Students must keep any food and drinks in sealed containers inside their personal belongings at all times. Students are expected to thoroughly clean up after themselves at all times. Students are encouraged to wash and/or disinfect their hands upon leaving the science classroom.

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Grading Policy

The following grading scale is used to determine grades:

  • A - 89.50 to 100%
  • B - 79.50 to 89.49%
  • C - 69.50 to 79.49%
  • D - 59.50 to 69.49%
  • F - below 59.50%

Absences and Missing Work

If a student has an excused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignments without a grade reduction. The time allowed for make-ups without a grade reduction is equal to the number of days absent, plus one.


If a student has an unexcused absence or does not turn in the missing work in the allowed time frame, he or she will still be able to make up the missing assignment but will lose classroom behavior points and may face additional consequences.


It is the Student's responsibility to obtain missed assignments. A log of daily assignments and activities is kept on the class website, and google classroom and should load onto your child's google calendar if it is synced with mine!

Classroom Rules

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Consequences

  1. First Warning: can be either verbal or inferred (eye contact, physical proximity, removal of disruptive material, closing laptop lid).
  2. Second Warning: is done via a warning card that is filled out by the student. He or she identifies the behaviors that are causing the disruption and signs to acknowledge this is a 2nd warning.
  3. Third Warning: Teacher Intervention (Seat Change, Loss of Privileges, Home Contact, Behavior Reflection Assignment, Take Home Detention, Before/After School Detention, etc.)
  4. Last Resort: Referral to Administrative Dean.

Mrs. Jensen

I am a Florida Native! Born in Clearwater, Florida I lived there until 2012 when I moved with my husband to Orlando. I have no human children but lots of furry, feathered and cold blooded family members. I have two cats, 4 dogs (a shiba inu and three little pugs) that I adore. I also keep a variety of small animals both at home and in the classroom I have 7 chickens, 3 bearded dragons, a turtle and many fish. I love the outdoors; a part of that stems from my love of biology, nature and science. I enjoy SCUBA diving, swimming, surfing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, gardening and taking my dogs to parks. When I can’t be outdoors I enjoy reading a good book, working on projects around the house watching movies or playing video games!

I graduated from high school in 2004 and completed my Bachelor’s Degree at St. Petersburg College and The University of South Florida where I majored in Biology Education. I started teaching in 2011 at Dixie Hollins High School and the following year moved to Orlando where I began teaching at Liberty Middle School.

I chose a career in education because teaching young people about science it is something I love to do. Science always has been interesting and fascinating to me and I enjoy sharing my love and passion for science with children in the hopes that they too take an interest in the field of science.